Retail Real Estate Thrives as Store Closures Drop 58% This Year, Data Shows

Originally published on July 19, 2022, by Buck Wargo for

Strong consumer spending over the past year has prompted retailers to open more stores than they closed. But concerns about rising inflation and the economy this summer have led some to hit the pause button on expansion for now, according to retail analysts.

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Foreign Buyers Once Again See US Housing Market as a Good Investment: NAR

Originally published on July 18, 2022, by Troy Green for the National Association of Realtors.

Foreign buyers purchased $59 billion worth of U.S. existing homes from April 2021 through March 2022, an 8.5% increase from the previous 12-month period and stopping a three-year skid in foreign investment in U.S. residential real estate, according to a new report from the National Association of REALTORS®. Foreign buyers purchased 98,600 properties, down 7.9% from the prior year and the fewest number of homes bought since 2009 when NAR began tracking this data. Overall in the U.S., existing-home sales totaled 6.12 million in 2021 – the highest annual level since 2006.

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New Federal Disclosure Rule Hurting Condo Sales: Report

Originally published on July 19, 2022, by Jack Rogers for

Resistance from condo boards to a new questionnaire that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are requiring condo sellers to fill out in the wake of the deadly collapse of a Florida high-rise tower last year is having a chilling effect on condo markets across the county, according to a report in the Washington Post.

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Appraisal Institute Sets New Aug. 15 Deadline for Leadership Resources Registry

Originally published on July 20, 2022, by the Appraisal Institute.

The Appraisal Institute announced that Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. CST is the new deadline for those interested in registering in the Leadership Resources Registry to be considered for service in 2023 on national committees, and panels, the Appraisal Institute Insurance Trust, or the Appraisal Institute Education & Relief Foundation.

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FHA Expands Appraisal Validity Period for Certain Mortgages

Originally published on July 12, 2022 by Chris Clow for the Reverse Mortgage Daily. 

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on Tuesday announced an increase in the appraisal validity period for all Single Family Title II forward and Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) transactions, increasing the period specifically for the HECM reverse mortgage program from 120 days to 180 days. This is according to the publication of Mortgagee Letter (ML) 2022-11.

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Appraiser Provisions Part of Legislation Approved by House

Originally published on July 20, 2022, by the Appraisal Institute.

The House of Representatives on July 14 passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which approved $840 billion in defense spending for 2023. The 329-101 vote came after hundreds of amendments were considered, including a couple that focused on valuation issues.  

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Housing Markets to See Minimal Changes as Boomers Age Out of Their Homes: MBA

Originally published on July 20, 2022, by Gary Engelhardt for the Research Institute for Housing America.

Around 4 million existing homes will hit the market over the next decade as older generations age out of their homes, according to the report, “Who Will Buy the Baby Boomers’ Homes When They Leave Them” released in July by the Mortgage Bankers Association. However, the inventory increase is expected to have minimal effect on housing supply and no measurable reduction in home prices.

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Mortgage Rates Fall Amid Recession Concerns, Freddie Mac Reports

Originally published on July 7, 2022, by Angela Waugaman for FreddieMac.

Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.30 percent.

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Commercial Real Estate Prices Grow, Led by Industrial and Multifamily Properties

Originally published on July 7, 2022, by Michael Tucker for Mortgage Banker's Association.

Real Capital Analytics, New York, reported U.S. commercial property price growth held steady in May, supported by price gains in the industrial and apartment sectors.

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Nearly 6.5 Million Homeowners Aided by Fannie, Freddie Since Conservatorship: FHFA

Originally published on June 28, 2022 by Adam Russell for the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released its first quarter 2022 Foreclosure Prevention and Refinance Report​. The report shows that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) completed 129,779 foreclosure prevention actions during the quarter, raising the total number of homeowners who have been helped to 6,494,057 since the start of conservatorships in September 2008.

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The Apartment Markets at Greatest Risk for Oversupply

Originally published on July 6, 2022, by Paul Bergeron for

Multifamily construction in the U.S. is at its highest level in 40 years, leaving some markets at risk of oversupply, according to an report, reported on July 6. The most at-risk markets are Phoenix; Tampa, Florida; and Austin, Texas. Markets approaching the risky category are Raleigh, North Carolina, and Las Vegas.

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Member Profile: Miles L Hamrick Sr, MAI, AI-GRS

Where do you live and who do you work for?
I am from and have lived in Gastonia, NC (Gaston County) all of my life. Currently (LOL) I work for Miles Hamrick Appraisal Services, Inc. My firm provides appraisals for commercial and residential properties, and data consulting services for private and public institutions on a wide range of property types.

How long have you been appraising?
I have been in the real estate and appraisal profession since 1986 ~ (38 years~).

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Supreme Court Rejects Floor Plan Case; Appraisers Vulnerable

Originally published on June 27, 2022 by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court on June 27 rejected a case involving the use of floor plans in marketing materials. Multiple real estate firms petitioned the court to review the case, contending the Eighth Circuit incorrectly ruled that using floor plans in marketing materials constituted a copyright violation. In April, the Appraisal Institute joined an Amicus Brief filed with the Supreme Court over concerns that appraisers could be sued for making floor plans of a home. (see p. 9, COLUMBIA HOUSE item).

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CFPB to Scrutinize QM Rule as Part of Larger Policy Review

Originally published on June 17, 2022, by Rohit Chopra for CFPB.

Markets work best when rules are simple, easy to understand, and easy to enforce. The CFPB is seeking to move away from highly complicated rules that have long been a staple of consumer financial regulation and towards simpler and clearer rules. In addition, the CFPB is dramatically increasing the amount of guidance it is providing to the marketplace, in accordance with the same principles.

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More than 40 Million US Properties at Risk of Weather-related Damage: CoreLogic

Originally published on June 22, 2022 by Robin Wachner for CoreLogic.

IRVINE, Calif., June 22, 2022—CoreLogic®, leading global property information, analytics, and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its 2022 Hurricane Report, which analyzes hurricane and storm surge and wind risk exposure for single-family residences (SFRs) and multifamily residences (MFRs) along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts.

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NCAI Members in Washington, DC

The 2022 AI Leadership and Development Conference (LDAC) was held May 18-20 this year and NCAI had three that attended: Mike Elwell, Greyson Morgan, and Peter Hitchens. Greyson and Peter were first years and had the benefit of Mike Elwell who attended before the pandemic.

LDACstarted with a presentation from Melody Taylor regarding the recently published Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity Task Force (PAVE) Report. While AI suggests the data should be reviewed more, the overall report helps to educate stakeholders about the appraisal process.

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Welcome New Members!

We’d like to welcome our newest members to the Chapter!

  • Roy Lee Fulcher, III
  • Richard E. Glidewell
  • Barry Grant Hitchner, Jr.
  • Lauren Elizabeth Hobbs
  • John Stephen Proctor, III

‘Little Evidence’ Housing Bubble is About to Burst: Moody’s

Originally published by Lynn Pollack on June 13, 2022, for The

While home prices are responding to higher mortgage rates, there is “little evidence of a housing bubble that is about to burst,” according to a new report from Moody’s Analytics.

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Hotel Sector to Recover Faster than Expected, According to Revised STR Forecast

Originally published on June 15, 2022, by Michael Tucker for the Mortgage Banker's Association.

STR and Tourism Economics upgraded their recovery timeline for U.S. hotel revenue per available room.

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45-Day Notice on Proposed Amendments to Bylaws and Regulation No. 9, Exposure Draft

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors on June 20 sent to 45-Day Notice proposed amendments to Appraisal Institute Bylaws and Regulation No. 9, an exposure draft of the proposed regional election policy. (AI log-in required).

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